Chief Instructor Jim Ross 6th Dan started Karate in May 1975 at the John Wrights Sport Centre in East Kilbride, with the Scottish Budokan which was run by former Scottish Karate Coach Alex McGregor. During this period Jim attained the grade of 1st Kyu but had to take some time out from his training due to ill health.


Jim returned to his training in 1979 with local East Kilbride instructor Eddie Welsh who was at the time with Sensei Asanos SKI International. Jim passed three Dan grades during this period and also established himself within the SKI Scotland squad representing them at their home International matches in Nottingham.


In 1986 Jim started his own club in the Utd Reformed Church Hall in East Mains followed by clubs in Rutherglen (1989) and Strathaven (1990). By this time he was part of Roy Stanhope's UKASKO organization, which is based in Manchester. During this period Jim became the Association Kumite Champion at u/75 kilos at both Regional & National Association events as well as winning the UKASKO Senior Male Kata title. His teams were also proving to be a formidable force with his Senior Male squad winning the Scottish UKASKO team title in 1991 & 92 then taking the British team title in 1995, having lost in the final the previous two years. Not to be out done the Yamakai Senior female squad of the time were dominating the Scottish Association scene winning their team title three years running from 1993-95, with the Junior Male squad winning in 1994 & 95.






Our Chief Instructor, Jim Ross, starts Karate at the age of 12.




Yamakai & Ukasko

Jim started Yamakai initially under the UKASKO umbrella and quickly developed a formidable squad of competitors





Yamakai broke away from UKASKO and became it's own independent association. It was then granted membership to the SKGB.


In 1995 Jim watched the finals of the old Scottish Karate Governing Body Championships in Monklands Sport Centre, and decided that was the direction he wanted to go in. After leaving UKASKO Jim set about becoming a member of the SKGB using his three clubs to form a small Association. In 1997 the group was granted full membership of the Governing Body.


20 years later, the association now consists of seven clubs based in East Kilbride, Rutherglen, Strathaven, Uddingston, Eaglesham, Hamilton, & Moffat. All of these clubs are Shotokan based. This is not to say we would not accept clubs from other styles into our organization as we are open to any club or group whose Instructors are open minded and willing to get involved in Association activities. We try to provide something for everyone, whether it be competitive sport karate, Refereeing, to the more traditional elements of Karate with our grading system and willingness to allow students to have the freedom to train with any club within the Governing Body. Being part of the Governing Body also gives students access to the National Coaches and both Kata and Kumite squads.

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Dates for your Diary


Saturday, December 16th 2017


Annual Kyu and Dan Grading

Strathaven Scout Hall

Kirk Street, Strathaven


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150 Strathaven Road, Hamilton


Email: enquiries@yamakai.co.uk


Phone: (+44)1698 421790


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